Houghlint History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
The history of the Houghlint family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in one of four places named Hoyland in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Houghlint belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Houghlint family
The surname Houghlint was first found in Yorkshire at either High Hoyland, Upper or Lower Hoyland, and Hoyland Swaine. All three parishes and villages are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086: Holand for Hoyland High; Hoiland for Hoyland Nether; and Hollande for Hoyland Swaine.  All of the villages literally mean "cultivated land on or near a hill-spur," from the Old English words "hoh" + "land." The latter "Swaine" variant is believed to be a manorial affix added in the 12th century from a man called Swein. 
Important Dates for the Houghlint family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houghlint research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1147, 1172, 1591 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Houghlint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houghlint Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Houghlint include Howland, Hoyland and others.
Early Notables of the Houghlint family (pre 1700)
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houghlint Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houghlint family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Houghlint or a variant listed above: John Howland came over on the "Mayflower" in 1620 with his Elizabeth Carver; Henry Howland settled in New England in 1630; along with Arthur.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)